Events and Programs
Sweet Arrow Lake County Park
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Program Schedule for 2017

All events will be held at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Clubhouse unless otherwise noted. 
All programs are conducted by, or in cooperation with, the Schuylkill County Department of Parks and Recreation.


**** Zumba® fitness offered at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park
The Zumba® program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. Our goal is simple: We want you to want to work out, to love working out, to get hooked. Zumba® Fanatics achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exciting hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life!
The routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Add some Latin flavor and international zest into the mix and you've got a Zumba® class!
Sessions will be held Monday evenings from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM.
The  fee is $6.00 per session.  Start any time.  Registration is requested but not required.
Call Denise @ 717-269-3214 or deniseswonger@gmail.com for more information.

****Tree-Mendous Winter Tree Id Trek
Sunday, February 19th at 2:00 PM.  Meet at the large Pavilion near the Clubhouse.  Be sure to dress for the weather.
Sharpen your natural detective skills by trekking the trails of Sweet Arrow Lake to search for the true personalities of a variety of deciduous trees.  Retired forester and arborist Frank Snyder leads you on a field walk, now that the leaves are down, to learn how to identify deciduous trees using twigs, buds, buds scars, bark, tree form and other features. 
All participants will receive a complimentary copy of the “Common Trees of Pennsylvania” field guide.  Grab your hat and mitts and get out there and enjoy the winter with us!  This program is free and open to the public.

****Break the Ice Oldies Dance
Friday February  24th from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Clubhouse.
Warm it up at the clubhouse by dancing to the music of “The Legends”.
Admission: $10 advance ticket purchase - $12 at door. For tickets call Susan at 570-624-3018

*** PA Basic Boating Course
Saturday, February 25th 8:00am – 4:30pm at the Clubhouse (1/2 hour lunch break – lunch is not provided)

Sweet Arrow Lake County Park and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission are sponsoring a Basic Boating Education Course at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park on February 25, 2017 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

A Pennsylvania Boating Safety Education Certificate is required for all Pennsylvania residents born on or after January 1, 1982, to operate any boat greater than 25 horsepower and all operators of Personal Watercraft (commonly called jet skis).  The course is scheduled for eight hours with a ½ hour lunch break (lunch is not provided).  The course includes all necessary materials.  Successful completion of the examination at the end of the course will result in the issuance of a temporary boating safety education certificate and enable the student to apply for a permanent boating safety education certificate.

Pre-registration is required.  For pre-registration please contact Drew Kline at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park at 570-527-2505.

****Cabin Fever Hike
Saturday, February 25 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.  Shake off those winter blahs by enjoying a crisp walk outdoors with “Porcupine Pat.”   This walk will invigorate you as we check for winter weeds, winter birds, and enjoy winter scenery.  Meets in the Waterfall Road parking lot. 

****Indians of the Eastern Woodlands
Tuesday, March 21st from 7:00-8:00 PM at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Clubhouse. This program uses slides, narration, and artifacts to describe the lives of Pequeats, Iroquois, Susquehannoks, and Seminoles. Presented by Big Owl McSurdy at the clubhouse, Sweet Arrow Lake County Park from 7 to 8 pm.


****Forest Etiquette
Sunday, March 26th from 2:00 – 3:00 PM. Meet at the large Pavilion near the Clubhouse.  Be sure to dress for the weather.
Do you have good manners in the forest?  Learn Forest Etiquette
Learn how to conduct yourself in the forest to enjoy your experiences of the outdoors with other forest users such as people, bears, and ticks. Frank Snyder, retired forester and arborist, will share his years of wood-wise knowledge during a short walk in the forest.   Become more comfortable during your outings knowing how to react if you face a bear, must make a warning fire in the rain, or how to protect yourself from ticks? Other topics will be presented to increase your outdoor skills.  
All participants are welcome, especially youth, scouts and the experienced wood-wise folks.  This program is free and open to the public.  

****Pow Wow – PA Dutch Folk Medicine
UPDATE to be held on Tuesday, April 4 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Clubhouse of Sweet Arrow Lake County Park, Pine Grove.  Pow wow practioners served rural folks with ways to heal common maladies.  Learn more about the history of this practice and discuss techniques and hear of some personal stories from those who were treated.  “Porcupine Pat” of the Schuylkill Conservation District will shed light on the pow wow tradition and its importance to the rural lifestyle and elaborate even further on its history and practices.   

Fee:  $5.00 per person.   
Contact Susan Long for Registration: 570-624-3018

****King Frog, Rainbow Crow, and Other Stories
Saturday April 8th, from 2:00 – 3:00 PM at the Waterfall Pavilion
King Frog, Rainbow Crow, and other stories told with visual aids of nonliving frogs, turtles, and other gifts of nature presented by Big Owl McSurdy at the Waterfall Pavilion at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park. Children and adults of all ages are welcome.

****Community Sunrise Service at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park
6:30 AM Easter Sunday Morning, April 16th, 2017 at the point amphitheater in front of the Clubhouse.
Easter Devotional, Live Music.  Everyone is Welcome
A breakfast will be served at no charge following the service. 
The Pastor of the Pine Grove Wesleyan Church will lead the service. This event is free and open to the public.  Call 570-345-8422 for additional information.

****Family Fun Fishing Event
Sunday April 23rd 2017
Check-in begins at 6:30am April 23 at clubhouse area or at the PA Fish and Boat Access Area pavilion. If you pre-registered, no need to check-in till redeeming food voucher. Registration may close early at Boat Access but will remain open at clubhouse till 1:15pm. Breakfast (6 am) and Lunch available at clubhouse benefit Schuylkill County Sportsmen’s Association. Disk Golf, Trails, Canoe and Kayak Rentals, Playground available.

NEW  Over $5,000 in prizes redeemable till 2018 event
Top Prize $1,000 cash.  Larger prizes will be tag number specific.
Major Sponsors: Friends of Schuylkill Parks and Recreation and Pine Grove Fish and Game Coordinated by Schuylkill County Sportsmen’s Advisory Board to County Commissioners
Special Thanks to the Schuylkill Conservation District and Trout Unlimited

Pre-registration postmarked by April 1
Individual $15 – includes one $5 food voucher and 1 tagged fish prize ticket
Family $30 – includes one $10 food voucher and 2 tagged fish prize tickets

Registration after April 1 – April 23
Individual $20 – includes one $5 food voucher and 1 tagged fish prize ticket
Family $40 – includes one $10 food voucher and 2 tagged fish prize tickets
First 150 kids age 3-12 to register will receive either a Fleer Collectible or Quantum Fishing Rod. $15 minimum value. 
All family members may fish but all persons 16 years old and older must have a PA Fishing License.
*NEW* - Prizes for tagged fish redeemable at A&A Bait Shop till day before event but you must be registered by April 23, 2017 to be eligible. Bait shop is closed over winter so keep tags and redeem when A&A opens in Spring.
*NEW* - All Tag prizes that are not redeemed by day before 2018 event will be drawn from list of previous years registrants at 1pm at 2018 kickoff event.
Prize for heaviest carp $50 (Weigh-in from 1-1:30pm)
100 Lunkers, average 20 inches and 2000 - 12 inch average Trout will be stocked. Lunkers and tagged fish stocked at 8 a.m. April 23. Many will be float stocked throughout lake. In addition Crappies will also be tagged and our goal is 50 tagged trout and crappies with minimum $25 prize
  *NEW* One Channel Catfish and Carp will be tagged
Parking available below dam breast with Boardwalk Trail access to clubhouse and Fish and Boat Access Area parking.  Boat parking available at A&A Bait Shop, weather permitting.
Stream on County Park property will also be stocked.
Lunch ends at 1:30pm.  All food vouchers must be redeemed from 6am to 1:30pm.

**** Seedling Sale Pickup  
Saturday, April 29th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Please pick up the seedlings you ordered. Pick up will be located in the upper parking lot behind the Large Pavilion.  The Schuylkill County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer all questions.

****Spring Bird Walk
Saturday, May 13th from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Join local naturalist Denise “Nightowl” Donmoyer. Locate and identify from sight and song, resident and migratory species that inhabit the Park.  Maybe even see a Bald Eagle.  Meet in the Waterfall parking lot for this program that is free and open to beginning and experienced birdwatchers.  Walk will be cancelled in event of rain.  Call 570-345-8952 for information.

**** Photo-Safari at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park
Tuesday, May 16th at 6:00 PM
Join Bob Evanchalk as he leads you to some of the best areas in the park for photos.  Later, review the images and the group will choose the best.  This is a great way to improve your technique and gain pointers from fellow shutterbugs. Bring your digital camera, download cable, and an empty card.  Preregistration is requested.  Call 570-391-6400 to register.  Number of participants may be limited.  Rain or shine. This program is free and open to the public.  Suitable for teens and adults.

**** Hershey ZooAmerica
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Large Pavilion by the Clubhouse
Zoo America will visit Sweet Arrow Lake once again to present Native Pennsylvania Species.  Pennsylvania's wildlife heritage is presented in this program. Both the common, as well as the uncommon native species of our forests, fields and towns, are highlighted. Live animals will be included in this program. Wildly popular this event will be held outdoors at the Clubhouse Pavilion.  Those attending are asked to bring lawn chairs.  Rain date will be May 24 at 7:00. This program is free and open to the public and is made possible with the help of a grant from the Schuylkill Area Community Foundation. For directions or info call 570-345-8952 (leave a message your call will be returned)

****Canoe and Kayak  Rental Concession
Saturday, May 27th, Opens at the Canoe Launch near the Clubhouse on Memorial Day weekend
Canoes, Kayaks, Rowboats. $10.00/hour, $17.00 for two hours, $25.00 for 3 hours, $40.00 for 4 hours.
Canoes and rowboats seat up to 3, kayaks seat one.  PFD and paddles are supplied.
Saturday, Sunday, Memorial Day Monday, July 4th and Labor Day Monday Only. Watercraft available on a first come first serve basis.
Times are 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM Other times and days may be available by appointment. For boat rental information call 570-345-8952 during the week (leave a message) On weekends after 11:00 AM call 570-345-3537. Call 570-345-8952 for information for groups.
Last rental is at 6:00 PM. All boats must be returned by 7:00 PM.
Rentals will be made if weather and lake conditions permit and staff is available.
Disc Golf Rentals- Same location and hours as boat rentals.  $20.00 deposit/rental returned when 3 discs are returned.

****Memorial Day Concert
Monday, May 29th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Large Pavilion by the Clubhouse
The full ensemble of the M&J Jazz Band will be performing for the first time at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Large Pavilion. Seating will be in the yard in front of the pavilion so please bring a blanket or lawn chair.

**** Introduction to Canoeing and Kayaking
Monday, May 29th from 2:00 PM.  Meet at the Canoe Launch near the Clubhouse.
Ever want to try canoeing or kayaking?  This program will introduce you to the basics of boating safety, paddling and control.  Preregistration is required.  Number of participants will be limited.  Suitable for teens and adults.  Call 570-345-8952 to register.  This program is free.

**** Fish for free at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park
Memorial Day (May 29th) and July 4th   Some things in life are free.  The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission allows anyone, resident or non-resident to fish without a fishing license.  It is the perfect way to reacquaint yourself to the sport or introduce someone young or old to a lifetime of the sport of fishing.  Fish-for-free days are held twice a year and apply to all waters of the Commonwealth.  All other fishing regulations still apply.

**** Kayak Demo Day
Saturday, June 10th, 3 - 5:30 pm (Rain date June 11th)   
Boat Launch Area on Sweet Arrow Lake Road
Thinking about getting a kayak? The Lazy River Riders' Kayak Club has just the thing to help you take the plunge with confidence. Try a variety of boats, sit in them, and give them a paddle on the lake to help you choose the one for you!  Club members will be furnishing their boats & knowledge to help you make a wise purchase.
This is a shine only event.
Pre-registration  required by calling 570-624-3018.

****Yoga and Mindfulness Walking
To be held on Saturday, June 17 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at the Waterfall Road Pavilion of Sweet Arrow Lake County Park, Pine Grove.  The practice of mindfulness can bring many benefits to your emotional and physical health, as well as to the relationships in your life. Mindfulness is an amazing tool for stress management and overall wellness because it can be used at virtually any time and can quickly bring lasting results. “Porcupine Pat” of the Schuylkill Conservation District highlights the importance of bringing mindfulness into your everyday life.  Participants will practice mindfulness walking and be shown gentle practices that you can take home to help become a happier and healthier you!  All yoga postures will be in standing position only so no mats are needed.  Beginners welcome!  Handouts will be available. 

Fee: $5.00 per person. 
Contact Susan Long for Registration: 570-624-3018

****Wildlife Day Camp
Wildlife Day Camp-1 (children from ages 4-6) from Tuesday, June 27 to Thursday, June 29 from 9:30-11:00 a.m.
 
Wildlife Day Camp-2 (children from ages 7-9) from Tuesday, June 27 to Thursday, June 29 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Eagles, animals, trees and water are just some of the backdrop that can make for a great summer outdoor program. Children are naturally curious and enjoy exploring and learning about plants and animals especially at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park in Pine Grove.

Your child can register for one of two outdoor camps to be held for children ages 4-9. Two camps are offered and include: Day Camp-1 (children from ages 4-6) from Tuesday, June 27 to Thursday, June 29 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. or Day Camp-2 (children from ages 7-9) from Tuesday, June 27 to Thursday, June 29 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

The camps will be led by “Porcupine Pat” McKinney of the Schuylkill Conservation District and are being run on a “donation only” basis. “We want to make the camps available to all children regardless of ability to pay.” “You can pay for one day or all three days, whatever you decide is fine.” The focus of each camp is learning about wildlife, insects, plants and will include fun activities designed to stimulate curiosity and natural awareness. These camps are sponsored by the Snayberger Memorial Foundation and the Schuylkill Area Community Foundation. All campers must be pre-registered and you can do so by contacting “Porcupine Pat” at the conservation district at 570-622-4124 ext. 113 or via email porcupinepat@yahoo.com

****Sweet Arrow Lake Regatta
Canoe and Kayak races/events, lunch to be served. More details TBA

**** Annual 4th of July Concert in the Park
Tuesday, July 4th.  Concert begins at 6:00 PM.
Enjoy the Patriotic Sounds of the Pine Grove Community Band.  Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the concert at beautiful Sweet Arrow Lake County Park. 
Come early and take a walk on the boardwalk and trails. Enjoy the view of the falls, do some fishing, boating or spend some time simply relaxing in the Park.
The concert begins at 6:00 PM and is free to the public.

****Sneak A Peak at the Creek
Saturday, July 8 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. meet at Waterfall Parking Lot
A good way to cool off and also better appreciate the aquatic critters in a creek study of the Upper Little Swatara Creek.  Join “Porcupine Pat” in a water adventure in search of mayflies, crayfish, water pennies and more!  Meets in the Waterfall Road parking lot.  Recommended for ages 6+.  All equipment is provided.

****How Indians used Trees, Rocks, and Beads to Talk
Monday, July 17th from 2:00 to 3:00 PM at the Waterfall Pavilion
This program shows how Indians used their environment to communicate and children make a petroglyph rock to take home. This program is at the Waterfall Pavilion at Sweet Arrow Lake Park between 2 and 3 pm. It is open to children six and above and is presented by Big Owl McSurdy.

****Full Moon Clambake, Walk and Night Float
Saturday, August 5 at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Pavilion and Clubhouse
Enjoy a clambake --- take a walk in the Park --- canoe/kayak under the full moon.
Clambake served 6 – 7 pm, walk & float on your own time. Don’t forget the pfd’s and lights.
Clam Bake cost & menu to be announced
Pre-registration & payment are required for clam bake: Call Susan at 570-624-3018 to register for the clambake by July24.
A limited number of canoes are available to rent at $5.00 (half price) on a first come basis. Reservations are required. Call 570-345-8952 to reserve a boat.

****Fall Bird Walk 
Saturday, September 23rd,  from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Join local naturalist Denise “Nightowl” Donmoyer. Locate and identify from sight and song, resident and migratory species that inhabit the Park.  Maybe even see a Bald Eagle.  Meet in the Waterfall parking lot for this program that is free and open to beginning and experienced birdwatchers.  Walk will be cancelled in event of rain.  Call 570-345-8952 for information.

****Wee Ones Walk—Autumn Adventure
Wednesday, October 18 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.  Meets in the Waterfall Road parking lot of Sweet Arrow Lake.  Heighten your child’s natural curiosity during a sensory nature walk with “Porcupine Pat” of the Schuylkill Conservation District.  The walk focuses on colors, textures, shapes, sounds and smells found in nature.  Recommended for children ages 3-6.

****Stony Valley: A Haunting History
Tuesday, October 24th, 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Presented by local historian Brandy Watts
From ghosts and ghouls, witches and warlocks, a murderer and mischief maker or two, hear the haunting tales of Stony Valley’s past. Ten historically-based tales, immersed in the history of Stony Valley, help to relay the darker side of the valley’s history in this approximately 30-minute slideshow.

****Change of Seasons Oldies Dance 
Friday, November 10th, 7:00 PM- 10:00 PM
Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Clubhouse.  Celebrate the change of the seasons with an evening of fun and dancing to the Oldies with great music by “The Legends”.
Admission: $10 advance tickets - $12 at the door. Price includes refreshments.   For tickets or information call Susan at 570-624-3018

****Sweet Arrow Sojourn
Saturday, December 2 from 10:00-11:30 a.m.  “Porcupine Pat” leads us on this adventure featuring a jaunt around the park that includes some nice scenes of the water.  Meets at the Waterfall Road parking lot of Sweet Arrow Lake County Park.  All ages welcome!

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